2006 LOUISIANA FALL SHRIMP SEASON TO OPEN

Release Date: 08/02/2006

The fall inshore shrimp season will open in that portion of Shrimp Management Zone 2 from the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River to the Atchafalaya River Ship Channel at Eugene Island as delineated by the Channel red buoy line at noon Monday, Aug. 14, 2006.  The remaining portion of Zone 2 and all of Zones 1 and 3 will open at noon Monday, Aug. 21, 2006.  The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved these season dates at its Aug. 3 meeting, based upon recommendations presented by LDWF Marine Fisheries Division staff.


The closing date set by the commission for these waters is official sunset Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006 except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line (LA R.S.56:495.1(A)2) which will remain open to shrimping until 6 a.m. March 31, 2007.


Zone 1 includes Louisiana waters from the Mississippi-Louisiana state line to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River.  Zone 2 extends from to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River to the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island.  Zone 3 extends from the western shore of Vermilion Bay and Southwest Pass at Marsh Island to the Louisiana-Texas state line.


Recognizing the potential for an early fall shrimp season opening, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission previously provided Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Dwight Landreneau authority to open the fall inshore shrimp season in the event that white shrimp populations reached legal harvestable sizes before the Aug. 3 commission meeting.  However, biological sampling has indicated significant recruitment of smaller juvenile white shrimp into portions of state waters in recent weeks and the department's biological staff did not recommend an opening in advance of the meeting.


The commission also authorized Landreneau to change the closing dates of the 2006 fall shrimp season if biological and technical data indicate a need to do so or if enforcement problems develop and to close and reopen all or parts of state inside and outside waters if significant numbers of small white shrimp are found in these waters.


According to LDWF trip ticket report data, Louisiana commercial shrimp landings in 2005 totaled approximately 102.1 million pounds (heads-on weight) and had a dockside value of $132.8.  White shrimp accounted for nearly 60 percent of shrimp landings and 69 percent of the value of shrimp landed in Louisiana last year.


For more information, contact Martin Bourgeois at 225-765-2401 or mbourgeois@wlf.louisiana.gov.
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